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# uk-court - Friday 20 December, 2019

JK Rowling voices support for woman sacked after transgender tweets

Maya Forstater lost her job after tweeting that she opposed proposals to reform the UK Gender Recognition Act.

# uk-court - Thursday 28 November, 2019

Three teens plead guilty after homophobic attack against two women on London bus

The incident took place in May this year.

# uk-court - Wednesday 15 November, 2017

Scotland to be the first country to introduce minimum alcohol pricing

The ruling could have an impact on Ireland’s drinks regulations proposed in the Alcohol Bill.

# uk-court - Friday 6 January, 2012

Couple on trial in London for murdering teenager over 'witchcraft' claims

The two 28-year-olds are accused of murdering their young relative who was spending Christmas 2010 with them.

# uk-court - Wednesday 4 January, 2012

Stephen Lawrence murderers sentenced to 14 years, 15 years in prison

Gary Dobson and David Norris were convicted of the 1993 racist murder of 18-year-old Lawrence in London yesterday.

# uk-court - Friday 30 July, 2010

THE NEW IDENTITY of Jon Venables, convicted murdered of toddler Jamie Bulger, must remain a secret for his protection, a judge has said. The judge said that there has been “compelling evidence” of a threat to Venables’ safety.

Venables and Robert Thompson, both aged 10, were sentenced to life in prison in 1993. They were given new identities upon their release in 2001, and special legal restrictions were laid down to protect those identities.

The restrictions include a ban on publishing:

- the names of the secure units where they were held
- the rehabilitation regimes they underwent
- the appearance of either Venables or Thompson
- the address of either Venables or Thompson

However, these details could be published in other countries.

Venables, 27, returned to prison after being convicted of possession of child pornography last week. He was sentenced to two years. He and Thompson received numerous threats during their trial for Bulger’s murder and after they were convicted.

# uk-court - Friday 23 July, 2010

JON VENABLES, one of two boys convicted of the murder of Jamie Bulger in 1993, has been sentenced to two years in jail for possession of child porn.

Venables, 27, admitted downloading and distributing indecent images of children. He appeared via video-link at the Old Bailey in London.

It was his first court appearance since being recalled to prison in February.

After the sentencing, a statement from Venables was read out in court in which he said he thought about Jamie Bulger’s death “every day” since 1993. He apologised for his actions.

The images were discovered on his computer after he had approached police, fearing his real identity had become known. The police told him to collect his belongings and prepare to move, but when an officer arrived, Venables was trying to delete files from his computer.

Venables and Robert Thompson were 10 years old when they abducted Bulger, 2, from a shopping centre in Liverpool, and murdered him.

The case caused public outrage, and the pair were given new identities when they were released in 2001 after spending eight years in secure children’s homes.

Jon Venables is the first person with a protected identity to break the law after being released. The media is prohibited from publishing details about the location of persons with protected identities, or descriptions of what they look like now.

# uk-court - Thursday 22 July, 2010

JON VENABLES is due in court on Friday on charges of possession and distribution of child porn.

Venables, 27, was one of two boys convicted of the murder of toddler Jamie Bulger, 2. He was 10 years old at the time.

He is alleged to have downloaded over 50 indecent images of children between February 2009 and February of this year. He is also alleged to have distributed several images on the internet, although no one acquired them.

Public outrage surrounded his release from jail in 2001, aged 19, when he was given a new identity. The Guardian reported in March that Venables was mentally unwell and had been disclosing his real identity to strangers, putting him at risk of attack.

He will appear via video-link at the Old Bailey court in London.